Wisconsin and area runners hit roadways and trails for early holiday races, theme runs, and endurance events in December’s first full week. Highlights scheduled from Monday, December 7, through Sunday, December 13, include Christmas theme races, fun runs, runner workshops, running socials, trail runs, training runs, a triathlon clinic, and more.
Pearl Harbor Day is Monday, December 7, as are a Burgers and Beer Fun Run at Universal Sole Running Store in Chicago, Illinois; a Sole Sisters Club Monday Fun Run at Greendale, Wisconsin; and Tri Harder Run Faster at West Allis, Wisconsin.
Tuesday, December 8, is National Brownie Day. Wisconsin and area runners earn points at the Kenosha Running Club Holiday Light Run/ Pot Luck / Food Drive for the Shalom Center at Southport Beach House in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and the Shack Track and Field Live Grit Edition at Universal Sole Running Store in Chicago, Illinois.
Christmas Card Day arrives on Wednesday, December 9, as runners dash off to a Badgerland Striders Winter Fun Run at the Milwaukee County Zoo in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; a Libertyville Running Club Wednesday Fun Run at Cook Memorial Park in Libertyville, Illinois; and a Triathlon 101 Clinic at Universal Sole Running Store in Chicago, Illinois.
Thursday, December 10, is Nobel Prize Day, along with Tri Faster Train Stronger at Greenfield, Wisconsin.
The Sole Sisters Club has a “Christmas Carol” Outing at Oak Creek Assembly of God in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, on Friday, December 11.
Saturday, December 12, is Gingerbread House Day, but Wisconsin and area runners step out for the 5th Annual Hot Chocolate 5K at Main Street in Marshfield, Wisconsin; the Chicago Historic Tavern Half Marathon(ish) at Chicago, Illinois; Decide. Commit. Succeed. 5K Reindeer Dash at New Richmond, Wisconsin; the Frigid Hawaiian 5K Run-Walk and 1M Fun Run at G-E-T Middle School in Galesville, Wisconsin; the Hot Chocolate 5K Fun Run/Walk at Marshfield, Wisconsin; the Jingle Bell Run/Walk at Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Chicago, Illinois; and the Jingle Bell Run/Walk 10K/5K and 1M Fun Run at Madison, Wisconsin.
Additional Wisconsin and area races and running events on Saturday, December 12, include a Libertyville Running Club Saturday Long Run at Cook Memorial Park in Libertyville, Illinois; the PRO 3rd Annual Ugly Sweater Fun Run at Performance Running Outfitters in Brookfield, Wisconsin; the Stuff the Sleigh 5K at Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin; the Ugly Sweater 5K Fun Run-Walk and Kids Ruin at La Crosse, Wisconsin; the Ugly Sweater Run at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois; and the XC Thrillogy Hateya Trail Run at Petrifying Springs Park in Somers, Wisconsin.
Sunday, December 13, brings National Cocoa Day and the Rudolph Ramble 8K at Lincoln Park in Chicago, Illinois; a Triathlon 101 Clinic at Live Grit in Chicago, Illinois; and the Ugly Sweater Run / Rotary Lights 5K at La Crosse, Wisconsin.
Generally, these Wisconsin and area races and running activities require advance sign-ups, although some events may permit race-day enrollments and packet pickups. Participants, volunteers, and other attendees are exhorted to double-check arrangements with race organizers or event hosts, as dates and other details may be subject to change for any of these area races and runs.